11 December 2018

Egypt bans yellow vest sales as French protesters reject Macron’s concessions

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2018

Governments worldwide are panicking in the face of the growing military and political radicalization of the international working class.

Which way forward for France’s “yellow vest” protests?

The “yellow vests”: A movement of workers against social inequality

By our reporters, 10 December 2018

In this video, workers participating in France’s “yellow vests” demonstrations explain their demands and appeal for international support.

UK workers, young people defend Yellow Vest protests in France: “I only wish that we could do it here as well!”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth in Britain who support the Yellow Vest protests in France.

The demonstrations in France and the global class struggle

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

More on the 2018 "yellow vest" protests in France »

Democrats begin open discussion of impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2018

Two top members of the House Democratic leadership said that Trump could be impeached or jailed over alleged campaign finance violations.

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

Outrage spreads over video showing police ripping child from mother’s arms at Brooklyn food stamp office

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2018

The young mother, after being mistreated and brutalized, is being held without bail and facing four separate charges, including resisting arrest.

May delays Brexit vote while Corbyn refuses to move no confidence motion

By Chris Marsden, 11 December 2018

May called off today’s scheduled vote because she knew her proposed agreement with the EU would be heavily defeated.

UK government’s role in anti-Corbyn campaign exposed

By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2018

The Integrity Initiative (II), funded by the UK, US governments and NATO, has played a central role in the campaign against the Labour Party leader.

Huffington Post renews smear campaign against UK Professor Piers Robinson

Turmoil on Wall Street continues

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2018

Concerns over global growth are a significant factor in the ongoing slide and volatility in US markets, with signs of a downturn reflected in the fall of commodity prices.

Sri Lankan plantation companies reject workers’ wage demand

By W.A. Sunil, 11 December 2018

Despite an indefinite strike, the employers are insisting that profits must be defended by subjecting workers to super-exploitation.

Indian workers face slave-like conditions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan plantation strike: Abbotsleigh workers march to demand action committees and socialist policies

Sri Lankan plantation workers launch indefinite strike for 100 percent pay rise

Brazilian auto workers denounce union blackout of GM’s planned factory closures

By WSWS reporting team, 11 December 2018

Workers at Brazil’s oldest functioning auto plant outside of São Paulo expressed concern over the global implications of GM’s restructuring plans.

Chicago teacher union shuts down charter school strike, holds rally for Democratic candidates

By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 11 December 2018

Union officials showered Democrats with praise while offering no concrete details of the agreement to charter school teachers or when they could vote on the deal.

“Our action is part of a broader fight for education”
Teachers in Oakland, California speak out at wildcat demonstrations

By Kayla Costa, 11 December 2018

Teachers in Oakland, California participated in wildcat “sickouts” and demonstrations on Monday to demand pay raises, smaller class sizes, and better school conditions.

Oakland, California teachers hold wildcat “sickout”

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko tours Washington to garner support for presidential bid

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 11 December 2018

The ultimate goal of Tymoshenko’s visit to Washington was to promise to continue with the United States’ militarization of the country and the Black Sea.

Demonstrations in Bolivia hit court decision allowing Evo Morales to run for fourth term

By Cesar Uco, 11 December 2018

The court’s decision backed Morales’s bid to override a 2016 referendum in which 51.3 percent of the voters rejected the Bolivian president’s bid for another term.

Japanese government rams through new immigration law

By Gary Alvernia, 11 December 2018

While portrayed as a “liberalisation” of existing policy, the law reflects concerns within ruling circles over the economic impact of Japan’s declining workforce.

Australian university moves to sack academic critical of Israeli and US wars

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 December 2018

The University of Sydney’s suspension of Tim Anderson is aimed at intimidating students and academics opposed to escalating militarism and war.

New in Dutch

De massa-protesten in Frankrijk: Een nieuw stadium in de internationale klassenstrijd

World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 3 December 2018

De uitbarsting van sociale protesten zijn de voorbode van de terugkeer van de werkende klasse op het podium van de wereldgeschiedenis, na decennia van onderdrukking.

Nee tegen dienstplicht in Frankrijk en Europa!
Verklaring van de Parti de l’égalité socialiste (PES)

23 November 2018

Ten tijde van massale protesten tegen hun bezuinigingsbeleid, heeft de zeer impopulaire Franse regering onder leiding van President Emmanuel Macron op maandag aangekondigd, de militaire dienstplicht te zullen introduceren.

New in Turkish

Fransa’daki “sarı yelek” protestoları için ileriye giden yol hangisi?

Alex Lantier, 11 Aralık 2018

Dördüncü “sarı yelek” protestolarıyla birlikte, işçiler arasında, kapitalist sisteme karşı bir kitle hareketi açık bir şekilde gelişiyor.

Fransa’daki “sarı yelekli” protestocular baskıya ve gözaltılara meydan okudu

Alex Lantier ve Kumaran Ira, 11 Aralık 2018

Protestocular, gösterilere katılarak, kaygı verici devlet şiddeti tehditlerine ve güvenlik güçlerinin geniş çaplı seferber edilmesine meydan okudular.

Faşist Vox partisi, Endülüs seçimlerinde azımsanmayacak bir başarı elde etti

Paul Mitchell, 11 Aralık 2018

Endülüs’te düzenlenen bölgesel seçimlerin sonuçları, Franco’nun 1975’te ölmesinden ve demokrasiye geçişten 43 yıl sonra, faşizmin İspanyol politikasına açık bir şekilde dönüşünü haber vermektedir.

New in French

China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive La Chine convoque l’ambassadeur américain à propos de la détention d’une dirigeante de Huawei

Peter Symonds, 11 décembre 2018

Les actions américaines hautement provocatrices font partie de la campagne généralisée de Trump pour empêcher les grands groupes chinois de mettre en cause la domination technologique américaine.

Les travailleurs allemands expriment leur solidarité avec les Gilets jaunes français

nos correspondants, 11 décembre 2018

Les travailleurs allemands qui se sont entretenus avec les candidats du Parti de l’égalité socialiste (SGP) ont exprimé leur sympathie pour les manifestations de masse des Gilets Jaunes en France. Beaucoup partagent les mêmes griefs et sont confrontés aux mêmes iniquités.

Des travailleurs britanniques et des jeunes défendent les manifestations des Gilets jaunes : « J’aimerais juste qu’on puisse le faire ici aussi ! »

nos correspondants, 11 décembre 2018

Les journalistes de WSWS se sont entretenus avec des travailleurs, des jeunes et des Britanniques qui soutiennent les protestations des Gilet jaunes.

La réunion publique de Detroit décide d’organiser la lutte contre les fermetures d’usines de General Motors

Will Morrow, 11 décembre 2018

Les participants ont voté à l’unanimité en faveur de l’adoption d’une résolution appelant à la formation de comités de quartier et de lieux de travail de base pour organiser une lutte contre les fermetures d’usines.

Vadim Rogovin et la sociologie du stalinisme

Andrea Peters, 11 décembre 2018

Le 18 septembre marquait 20 ans depuis le décès de l’historien et sociologue marxiste soviétique Vadim Rogovin, l’auteur d’une série de sept volumes sur le stalinisme et l’opposition marxiste à la bureaucratie soviétique.

New in Spanish

¿Cuál es el camino por seguir de las protestas de los “chalecos amarillos” en Francia?

Por Alex Lantier, 11 diciembre 2018

La cuestión crítica es la organización independiente de la clase obrera, en Francia e internacionalmente, en preparación para una huelga general en Europa.

El Dow cae otros 560 puntos
El Wall Street Journal prevee una possible “estampida” bursatil

Por Nick Beams, 11 diciembre 2018

El mercado alcista más largo de la historia se ha basado en la supresión de la lucha de clases por parte de la burocracia sindical, la cual esta llegando a su fin.

New in German

Wie weiter im Kampf der „Gelbwesten“?

Alex Lantier, 11. Dezember 2018

Die entscheidende Aufgabe ist die unabhängige Organisation der Arbeiterklasse in Frankreich und international und die Vorbereitung eines Europa-weiten Generalstreiks.

Bundesweiter Warnstreik legt Bahnverkehr lahm

Dietmar Henning, 11. Dezember 2018

Die Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG) rief am Montagmorgen von fünf bis neun Uhr zu Warnstreiks in ganz Deutschland auf. Sie reagierte damit auf den Unmut der Beschäftigten.

Bundeswehr stellt neues Panzerbataillon auf

Johannes Stern, 11. Dezember 2018

Die Vergrößerung der Panzereinheiten ist Bestandteil einer umfassenden militärischen Aufrüstung.

Massenentlassungen und Werkschließungen bei General Motors:
Arbeiterversammlung in Detroit beschließt, den Kampf aufzunehmen

Will Morrow, 11. Dezember 2018

Zu der Versammlung hatte der Autoworker Newsletter der World Socialist Web Site eingeladen. Die Teilnehmer verabschiedeten einstimmig eine Resolution, die zur Bildung von Basiskomitees in den Betrieben und Wohnvierteln aufruft.

New in Russian

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Итальянские евреи депортированы в Освенцим

8 декабря 2018 г.

6 декабря 1943 года 246 евреев были отправлены поездом из Милана и Вероны в Освенцим.

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Perspective

Another day, another horror in America: Five children killed in Youngstown, Ohio, house fire

11 December 2018

While the immediate cause of the fire remains under investigation, the tragedy which struck Sunday night is not an isolated event but the outcome of a failed social and economic system.

Earlier Perspectives »

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Autoworkers at Detroit public meeting: “Rank-and-file committees of the working class are the answer”

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

Workers expressed their support for a campaign to build new organizations of struggle, independent of the United Auto Workers, to lead a fight against all plant closures.

Detroit public meeting resolves to organize fight against General Motors plant closures

By Will Morrow, 10 December 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

International Committee of the Fourth International

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

80th anniversary of the Fourth International celebrated in Melbourne with public lecture

By our reporters, 8 December 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

Fund appeal

Commentary

Oklahoma Republicans demand the abolition of public schools

By Nancy Hanover, 11 December 2018

A section of the Republican Party, speaking for broader Wall Street interests, advocates ending tax-funded public education.

In name of fighting fascism, ISO promotes class collaboration and Democratic Party

By Kayla Costa, 10 December 2018

Jacobin urges readers to “log off” social media

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2018

China summons American ambassador over detention of Huawei executive

By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2018

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2018

Arts Review

Icebox: The US government locks up children

By David Walsh, 11 December 2018

Icebox  focuses on a 12-year-old Honduran boy, Oscar (Anthony Gonzalez), forced by gang activity to flee his home country and head for the US, where an uncle lives.

Protest at Whitney Museum in New York calls for ouster of trustee who owns tear gas firm

By Sandy English, 10 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: The Americas
Chilean public workers and airline workers strike

11 December 2018

Public workers in Chile held a nationwide walkout December 6 to protest layoffs at the same time that airport workers for LATAM airline in Chile walked off the job in a pay dispute.

Chicago charter teacher strike continues, as unions announce backing for Democratic machine politician

By Kristina Betinis, 7 December 2018

National Health Service workers among increasing users of food banks in Britain

By Ben Trent, 7 December 2018

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

25 years ago: US admits secret tests of radiation weapons

The US government deliberately released massive amounts of radiation into the environment as part of a secret program aimed at developing a weapon using radioactive fallout.

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50 years ago: Mass political repression in Brazil

After replacing General Humberto Castelo Branco in 1967, retired General Arthur de Costa e Silva, pledged to “humanize” the dictatorship established in the 1964 military coup and promised to transition Brazil to a democracy.

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75 years ago: Soviets try Nazi war criminals

On December 15, 1943, Soviet authorities began the first trial of Nazi war criminals in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

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100 Years: Lloyd George wins Britain’s “khaki election”

In the British election held on December 14, 1918, David Lloyd George’s coalition government won a large majority on a platform promising social reforms, as well as punishment of the German “war criminals.”

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Obituary

Debra Ann Washington Miller–A fighter for the working class
January 18, 1952–December 1, 2018

By Helen Halyard, 8 December 2018

It is with great sadness that the World Socialist Web Site reports the recent death of Debra Ann Washington Miller, an active supporter of the Socialist Equality Party in Detroit who played a significant role in mobilizing workers against evictions in the downtown area.

Socialist Equality Party

Science

Last light for the Kepler space telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 1 December 2018

The first and most productive space telescope designed to find planets beyond our Solar System has been retired after exhausting its fuel supply.

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.